Lakeland College Applied Research Facilities

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Lakeland College has everything it needs to be a trusted research partner: dedicated research facilities, full-time research scientists, instructors with industry experience, and students eager to learn and try their hand at real-life problem solving.
 
Applied research actually came first in our history. Before there was a Vermilion School of Agriculture, there was a demonstration farm where the college was established. We have come a long way since then. Now, we have a dedicated research centre with multiple facilities on-site. At our research centre you can learn about crop research, energy research, and view environmental research projects in action.
 
For our students, our applied research programs mean their learning experience goes much deeper than hands-on classes. Lakeland is committed to pursuing applied research projects that enhance both teaching and learning as well as support regional economic development.

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Lakeland College: Crop Research and Bio-Energy Centre

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Lakeland College has everything it needs to be a trusted research partner: dedicated research facilities, full-time research scientists, instructors with industry experience, and students eager to learn and try their hand at real-life problem solving.
 
Applied research actually came first in our history. Before there was a Vermilion School of Agriculture, there was a demonstration farm where the college was established. We have come a long way since then. Now, we have a dedicated research centre with multiple facilities on-site. At our research centre you can learn about crop research, energy research, and view environmental research projects in action.
 
For our students, our applied research programs mean their learning experience goes much deeper than hands-on classes. Lakeland is committed to pursuing applied research projects that enhance both teaching and learning as well as support regional economic development.

The Crop Research and Bioenergy Building includes:

  • 2,400 square feet of space
  • an attached 360 square foot solarium/greenhouse.
  • space for a dedicated lab, a large multi-use space, a mechanical room, and a mezzanine area. This open area accommodates larger equipment and provides workspace for modifying or repairing equipment
The building itself provides an opportunity to evaluate heating alternatives and potential for heat storage. The greenhouse also acts as a solar thermal collector, providing a source of heat that is  transferred to the main building area. 
 
The solarium area uses passive solar greenhouse technology. This means a three-season growing capability without additional heat.
 

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Lakeland College: G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility

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As a hub for innovation and applied research, the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility supports student-led learning and research.

It features state-of-the-art technology for livestock research and development. Not only great for the industry, the facility also benefits for the students. A livestock research team is one of the units of the Student-Managed Farm powered by New Holland.

​As well the facility is home to a 90-head cattle herd used by the student research team.

The livestock research facility has increased Lakeland’s capacity to participate in applied research projects of importance to the livestock industry in Western Canada. Past projects include lamb milk replacer, heifer feed efficiency, DNA testing, feeder lamb rotation, beef finishing rations and wet/dry barley feed trials.

The Livestock Research Facility ​includes:

  • GrowSafe technology for monitoring individual feed intake.
  • SmartFeed self-contained system designed to portably measure total daily feed intake from individual large animals.
  • Cattle and sheep handling systems plus a scale system.
  • A large multi-use space and lab space.

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Lakeland College: Renewable Energy Learning Centre

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In 2012 Lakeland College renovated a farmhouse and turned it into the Renewable Energy Learning Centre (RELC),
This unique facility is the centrepiece of the college’s renewable energy research. The centre is a  multi-systems research and demonstration site. It  was designed and operates as a net-zero energy classroom and office building.
There are very few research locations with the capacity to test aspects of renewable that have been integrated into our centre. This includes
  • Geothermal boreholes are each uniquely designed to gather data over time for industry on variations of borehole size, grouting, and pipe installation
  • 2 geothermal heat pumps, an electric and gas adsorption heat pump, are available for testing along with a conventional boiler system
  • Fixed and tracking solar arrays are installed, and production is measured separately
  • Solar thermal has the potential to be used for building heat, domestic hot water pre-heat, charging the geothermal field, and activating phase change materials.

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